Dr. Julie Pulerwitz is the director of the Population Council’s HIV and AIDS program, where she provides leadership for a portfolio of research that generates evidence to inform HIV programs and policies around the world. Among her contributions, Dr. Pulerwitz is known for her conceptual and methodological work developing tools to measure power in sexual relationships (the SRPS), and gender norms / attitudes (the GEM Scale). The measures have led to a body of work documenting the global salience of these issues, and have helped shape HIV and gender-based violence prevention programs worldwide. Learn more about her research here.
Dr. Pulerwitz describes how HIV information, and even medication, are not sufficient to eradicate stigma. She explains how stigma is intertwined with other social inequalities--related to gender, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, poverty, among others--and these need to be addressed alongside stigma. Engaging all persons as agents of change, documenting both inequalities and resilience, and community engagement, will contribute to better health and quality of life outcomes.
Episode hosted by Dr. Carmen Logie. Supported by funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Canada Research Chairs program. Original music and podcast produced by Jupiter Productions, who have various production services available to support your podcast needs.